According to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, “Occupational Therapy Day was first launched on 27th October 2010. Since then, it has become an important date in the occupational therapy calendar to promote and celebrate the profession internationally. The 2014 theme ‘United in Diversity’ is aimed at promoting the international impact of our profession at an individual, group, local and national level.”
WHAT IS AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST? (From the School of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Program Brochure)
“Occupational therapists use goal-specific, personally-meaningful activities to promote and restore physical and mental health of people of all ages. The word “occupation” refers to the daily activities that “occupy” an individual’s time, including self-care, work, and leisure. Occupational therapists provide their clients with creative and adaptive skills in order to facilitate life roles and adapt to environmental challenges with dignity. Occupational therapists are vital members of the health care team who collaborate with the client as well as a broad range of professionals, paraprofessionals, community resources, entities and client family members.”
Touro College has an outstanding Occupational Therapy program, whose faculty have recently won several awards. It is a three-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. The program is offered at the Bay Shore and Manhattan campuses.
Recently, one of our OT Professors, Elizabeth Griffin Lannigan, published an extensive article in the journal Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, volume 30, number 3, July-September 2014. The entire issue is comprised solely of Professor Lannigan’s article about employment for individuals with mental illness. In the last line of her forward she states, “Assisting our consumers living with serious mental illnesses continues to challenge our professional efforts to offer the most effective interventions to reduce the impact of these illnesses on engagement in daily living.” (pg. 217) If you would like to read Professor Lannigan’s article, the print journal is available at both the Bayshore and Midtown campus Libraries. Additionally, it is available through the libraries’ electronic databases at this link. If you are not on campus, please log in first with your library off-campus username and password.
Touro Libraries are very proud of our OT Students and we enjoy helping them. We have created an OT Subject Guide which lists the most important and reliable resources available through our library including books, e-books, databases, videos and websites.
Happy World Occupational Therapy Day 2014 to all of our Occupational Therapy students, faculty and staff!